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Old 01-21-2007, 02:26 PM   #21
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I paid a buck at HD for my opener & it makes a great mash rack as well.

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Old 01-23-2007, 04:41 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the input. Picked up a lid opener today for 98 cents. Works like a champ.

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Old 01-23-2007, 04:44 AM   #23
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i just use a flat head screw driver right at the area where the notch is. pry up and around one at a time and voila, off it comes. added plus, you probably already have one laying around the house.

i agree with not cutting the lid. i am afraid the seal may/would be compromised.

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Old 01-23-2007, 05:15 AM   #24
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I sliced the notches in my fermenter lids after the owner of the LHBS suggested it. I was very careful to avoid cutting into the seal, and I've not had any problems so far with poor sealing when installed on the bucket. However, it made a HUGE difference in my ability to remove the darned lid!

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Old 01-23-2007, 12:02 PM   #25
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I saw lids at the wal-mart for $1.58 or so but it didn't have a gasket. I guess that's why they charge 3x that amount at the LHBS. Any know where you could get a gasket?

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Old 01-23-2007, 12:34 PM   #26
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i just use a flat head screw driver right at the area where the notch is. pry up and around one at a time and voila, off it comes. added plus, you probably already have one laying around the house.

i agree with not cutting the lid. i am afraid the seal may/would be compromised.
No it shouldn't be compromised. They are made so they don't "pop" open in transit if they should fall over or get knocked about. I always just cut the bottom of the slit so I can get the lid off. The seal is inside the lid, not the outer edge.

The lid on your bucket is really just to keep stuff from getting/falling in and not much more. Once fermetation starts, you don't really need the lid at all. If you were to put it in a room with very little airflow, you could take the lid off and make it an open fermenter...

Germans have been doing it for hundreds of years...
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